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Kale Avocado Hemp Seed Pesto Pasta (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Samah Dada


  • 1 box pasta of choice I like chickpea pasta or red lentil for good gluten-free options.
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • red chili flakes to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  1. Boil a full box of your pasta of choice. I like to use chickpea pasta or lentil pasta for good gluten-free alternatives. If you are okay with a non-gluten-free option, feel free to use your favorite! 

  2. Prep the pesto while the pasta is cooking. To do so, toss all of your ingredients into a food processor/blender and pulse until mixed. Add seasonings to taste as you wish. I always add more chili flakes because I like it spicy! 

  3. When the pasta is cooked (I love al dente), drain. Add all of the pesto to the cooked pasta. Mix thoroughly. I like to blanch grape tomatoes in chili infused olive oil to top off this dish and add some color and sweetness.